Forgive me for not getting around to everyone's blogs this week; I played catch-up earlier in the week, but, as you'll soon find out if you read this post, I've kind of had my hands full here.
We turn our attention back now to Layla, who has been in the midst of some bad tummy troubles thanks to an unwelcome change in the formula of Hill's Prescription Diet cat food.
The new d/d Dry formula never wound up working out; Layla was still vomiting and I didn't want things to get worse. So, per my vet's advice, I switched her on to Natural Balance Duck and Green Pea, which was the food most comparable to Layla's original d/d Duck and Green Pea. Things went okay for a few days, but the puking began again after some time passed.
I then added in d/d Duck and Green Pea CANNED food. The ingredients in this food haven't changed and aren't supposed to change, so I thought that perhaps 1 or 2 small meals of canned food every day would help Layla out in the digestive department.
It, too, seemed to help for a bit, maybe 5 or 6 days. Then, the throwing up began again.
Yesterday, it got to the point where she had vomited on back-to-back days. Her stool didn't look normal, and I found some sort of bloody-mucous-like-substance in her litter box (still not sure if it was vomit or stool, as gross as that is). To top things off, she stopped eating. She vomited twice in the presence of the d/d Canned food, as if merely smelling it was enough to send her delicate system out of whack.
We went to the vet today, where the plan WAS to get blood work done on her (we need to rule out things like hyperthyroid and kidney disease). Well, she was having none of that. Two technicians were holding her, trying to draw blood, and I was petting her..
..and she nailed me. HARD. On both hands. On my left hand, I've go two punctures at the base of my thumb, and on my right hand, the nail is partially crushed and it's just a bloody and painful mess.
Definitely the most painful animal bite I've ever experienced. I don't blame her, she was scared and angry and freaked out.. but OUCH.
I got all light headed from the pain, the blood, etc and had to leave the room and drink some water. A few minutes later, the vet came out and said that there was NO way they could draw blood from her. Wrapped up in a towel and restrained by three people was simply not enough to keep her still. My guess is that he didn't want to sedate her because she hadn't eaten anything.
They did manage to give her subcutaneous fluids, which was a good thing. They also gave her a shot of something (honestly can't remember what) to stop the nausea, and sent me home with pills to give her for a week to see if the nausea/vomiting clears up. They also want a urine sample (which Layla is not being cooperative about, as she absolutely doesn't want to pee in an empty box).
The vet basically told me that she needs to eat SOMETHING, no matter what that something may be and even if it meant feeding her crummy foods. Turns out that Layla actually is extremely hungry despite her refusal of food (she ate treats heartily this afternoon), so I picked her up a can of EVO 95% Duck and she ate a few spoonfuls of it in a hurry. I'm glad for this, because I really wasn't too keen on opening up a can of grocery store cat food. I will give her more in the morning, once I make sure that she doesn't have a skin reaction to the food (as she did back in June with the Wellness CORE).
She's acting pretty much normal now, probably because the anti-nausea drugs are working. I can't know for sure yet whether or not she can eat the EVO long-term, since the medication might be blocking a digestive reaction, but I have no problem feeding her this food (or ANY food) exclusively, as long as she holds it down and it keeps her healthy. I'll take anything at this point.
Te vet and I are going to touch base tomorrow to figure out where we're going from here. I would really like to get bloodwork done on her, for starters. Though I'm hoping this is all due to allergies, there is a possibility that other things are going on and making things worse.
How terribly frustrating. My cat's got to suffer through yet another dietary dilemma, and me?.. well, quite frankly, my thumbs hurt.